Coherent population trapping of single spins in diamond under optical excitation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Coherent population trapping is demonstrated in single nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond under optical excitation. For sufficient excitation power, the fluorescence intensity drops almost to the background level when the laser modulation frequency matches the 2.88 GHz splitting of the ground states. The results are well described theoretically by a four-level model, allowing the relative transition strengths to be determined for individual centers. The results show that all-optical control of single spins is possible in diamond.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Santori, C., Tamarat, P., Neumann, P., Wrachtrup, J., Fattal, D., Beausoleil, R. G., ... Hemmer, P.

citation count

  • 226

complete list of authors

  • Santori, Charles||Tamarat, Philippe||Neumann, Philipp||Wrachtrup, Jörg||Fattal, David||Beausoleil, Raymond G||Rabeau, James||Olivero, Paolo||Greentree, Andrew D||Prawer, Steven||Jelezko, Fedor||Hemmer, Philip

publication date

  • December 2006